CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 28

KEY SCRIPTURE:

Acts 15:12 ” Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.”

We will continue with our discussion on how to work miracles. We will major on how to heal the sick. The Lord Jesus spent a great part of His time to heal the sick and he commands us to do the same. (John 20:21) Luke 10:9 “Heal the sick that are therein and say unto them, the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you”. The disciples speeded up the work of saving souls through healing the sick. Men, no matter their background will respond and attend to the working of miracles.

To be successful in bringing healing to the sick you must be convinced about God’s willingness to see the sick healed. You also have to accept that healing of the bodies of men was settled by the Lord Jesus in His atoning work through His passion. Isaiah 53:4 & 5 says “surely he has borne our griefs (sickness) and carried our sorrows (pains) yet we did esteem Him stricken smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and by his stripes you were healed”. He has settled the sickness question, just as he has done for our sins. (Ps 103:3)

Learning from how our Lord Jesus ministered to the sick; we see that he either commanded the devil to leave or just asked the sick to do that he could not do. He never prayed for the sick. He treated sickness as an enemy or personality that must be cast out. From his example you must treat sicknesses as a personality that must be cast out. When casting out a demon or ministering to the sick, don’t focus on yourself. You must be aware of Jesus presence in you. He works the miracles You should not worry about how it is going to turn out. Focus your mind on His presence in you, and on the Lord’s promise that says.  Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Always come in anger against the devil and his works in the life of the victim. Expect the sick to be healed immediately. After your command encourage the candidate to act on his faith. He must do something he could not do earlier.   There are various ways to minister to the sick. In Acts 3 Peter commanded the cripple to rise and walk, and he did. Some blow air unto the sick and they are healed. others may declare be healed and they get results. Another person will command the devil to leave its host and it will have to go. Let your faith be in God’s word and how the Holy Spirit leads you and not on somebody’s approach. 

   PRAYER

I pray for boldness for all children of God to arise and be miracle workers in Jesus name. May Christians leave their closets and get on the streets and visiting homes to bring healing to the sick in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Matthew 8:16-17 ” When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”

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